Moist Lemon Chicken Recipe

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"I originally developed this marinade for seafood, but it's wonderful with chicken, too," writes Nancy Schickling of Bedford, Virginia. "It adds mild lemon zing and keeps the meat moist and tender."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 50 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 50 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dill seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds), cut up

Nutritional Facts

2 pieces: 219 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first 10 ingredients; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered, over low heat for 50-60 minutes or until juices run clear, turning several times. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Moist Lemon Chicken in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p43

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 265676
Reviewed May. 7, 2017

"This chicken was amazing! I used half a broiler/fryer cut up, but the whole amount of marinade. The chicken had a mild flavor and was very moist and delicious. My husband and I really enjoyed it and we'll definitely be making this again!"

deb540 User ID: 6791332 48667
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"We are low-sodium and am always on the lookout for flavorful meals within our sodium restrictions. What a wonderful combination of flavors. I marinated skinless/boneless breasts. I was going to broil them but sauteed them instead, I didn't want to heat up the house with the oven. They were delicious and OMG did my house smell good!  Definitely gonna make this again."

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